Uproar as pupil loses tip of finger
Parents livid at lack of discipline at school
NO parent sends their child to school to come back home with a missing finger, said the spokesperson for the Department of Education, Steve Mabona.
He said this yesterday while visiting
Laerskool Booysens, where a Grade 6 pupil lost the tip of his pinky in what is believed to have been an accident.
Mabona said the department was sincerely apologetic for the incident and would have its legal department look at the possibility of compensating the injured pupil. The incident occurred on February 20.
According to Mabona, the department found no reason to believe the incident was a result of a fight or violent scuffle. He said children being children found an opportunity to play and pushed each other during a brief break to change classes.
Mabona, who was with school staff, revealed that the injured pupil had been clipped by a door that had been pushed.
Teachers said the 12-year-old boy was rushed to Kalafong Hospital with his fingertip shoved in ice. However, the hospital said the severed piece was too small to be stitched back on.
Mabona said the child returned to school yesterday. The department would also provide counselling.
However, things were not all plain sailing for Mabona, who was bombarded by an avalanche of frustration from parents at the school gate.
The parents said the child’s severed finger was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to problems they had with the school.
Mabona listened to the parents complain about issues of lack of discipline. It also emerged that there was no proper school governing body, and that the school management that did not want to work with parents.
Mabona said parents should get together and elect a complete governing body on March 18. He said there would be another meeting between the department and parents over progress made to address all other grievances.
Parent Raylord Ndlovu said: “We are supporting the parents and we are saying the department must also engage the parent component to get the other side of the story as investigations continue.
“We would love to see these complications resolved because we’ve been submitting grievances and complaints to the department for the past two years now, and nothing has been done,” Ndlovu said.
PARENTS vented their frustrations when Gauteng Department of Education’s Steve Mabona visited Laerskool Booysens, where a pupil lost the tip of his finger. |